Flying Colours Corp., the North American maintenance, repair, overhaul, and completions business, is attracting increased interest from European business aircraft owners and operators seeking a single source of capabilities for multi-faceted maintenance and refurbishment work. The latest European customer will be harnessing the full scope of Flying Colours’ Peterborough capabilities, its highly skilled workforce, and in-depth experience working on the Bombardier Challenger platform when the Challenger 605 is inducted for maintenance, paint, interior upgrades, and landing gear overhaul in Q4 this year.
“The fact that we have all the services required to complete the work under one roof, technicians with thousands of hours of experience, and a state-of-the-art paint shop is a real draw for European owners,” says Eric Gillespie, Executive VP of Flying Colours Corp. “The strength of the UK and European currencies also make the trip across the pond financially worth it. The owner appreciates the value working with us brings to his operations in terms of capabilities and finances.”
The scope of work includes an extensive 16-year, 192-month inspection and landing gear overhaul. While the aircraft is down, the 12M/24M/36M/48M and 96-month items will be performed, along with any recommended Service Bulletins and Airworthiness Directives that may be due. The owner is working with Flying Colours to define the interior refresh, but minor wood repair work, an updated divan covering, and a new carpet are all under discussion. Externally the aircraft will receive a full fuselage strip and paint as a bright white paint effect will be complemented with feature gray and blue stripes along the fuselage, up the plane tail and across the rudder. The maintenance, interiors and exterior work will be conducted in parallel, which significantly reduces downtime and maximizes the budget. Flying Colours estimates the scope of work will take approximately ten weeks.
“Aircraft on the ground are not earning their keep, which is why carrying out multiple work streams simultaneously from a single supplier is a major attraction for European owners. We’re currently in discussion with a further three European aircraft owners of large jet cabins and look forward to welcoming their airframes later this year. Our presence at EBACE confirms that this region continues to be an important part of our business operations, and we look forward to welcoming new and existing customers to our Booth F40 during the show. We always return from Geneva with new business,” concludes Gillespie.